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Dec 20, 2011 6:00am EST
revolution in tunisia, egypt, libya and yemen and, also, the ongoing events in syria and bahrain. our speakers today are david ottaway to my left, he's a senior scholar at the woodrow wilson center and a former cairo bureau chief for "the washington post". we have the bios of the speakers are distributed, so i'll be very brief. david's last paper as part of our occasional paper series was saudi arabia in the shadow of the arab revolt. we have a few copies left. they are outside. we urge you to pick one on your way out. our second speaker is hen ray barkey -- henry bar key, a former fellow at the wilson center, he's professor of international relations at lehigh university, and i just received a copy of his latest book, "iraq: its neighbors and the united states," which he co-edited with phoebe moore and scott levin si. our third speaker is trita parsi. he's the president of the iranian -- the national iranian-american council, a former public policy scholar at the wilson center, and his upcoming book, "a single roll of the dice: obama's diplomacy with iran," will be coming out in the
CSPAN
Dec 14, 2011 11:00pm EST
and a in a few moments a hearing on u.s. policy toward syria. for each of the commissioners, do you believe that employs, professional staff of the nrc have experienced intimidation, hostile or offensive conduct on behalf of the chairman, by the chairman, anything that would be considered to be intimidating, hostile or offensive by the chairman, any professional staff experience that? vs. >> yes. >> yes. >> yes. >> ladies and gentlemen that is the definition of a. russ: . i hope that we can all agree that is why we voted in the statute. the united nations estimates more than 5000 people have been killed in protests against the government of syrian resident bashar al-assad. up next the house foreign affairs subcommittee hears about these administrations syrian policy from the state department's release coordinator. this is an hour and a half. [inaudible conversations] the subcommittee will come to order. i want to wish everyone good morning and i want to welcome all of my colleagues to this hearing on subcommittee on the middle east and south asia. and the chairman. as has been well-
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Dec 14, 2011 8:00pm EST
commissioner of human rights, the civilian death toll in syria now exceeds 5000 the number of children killed as more than 300. no responsible nation can sit by and allow this to testable display of depravity to continue. today's hearing however was called to examine u.s. policy. several months ago, the subcommittee of the privilege of hearing assistant secretary spelman and posner discuss the obama administration's human rights policies towards iran and syria. since that hearing, the administration has taken a number of steps on syria for which it deserves credit. although it took far too much time and at least 1900 dead syrian citizens, the administration has finally come out and called for a share all assad's departure from power on august 18. it also implemented sanctions against the government of syria and various high-ranking syrian regime authorities, many of which have been mirrored by our allies abroad. unfortunately i fear this is not enough. syria currently stands on the precipice of a full scale civil war. recent reports suggest that the ranks of the free syrian army, the m
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Dec 12, 2011 8:00pm EST
states about the situation in syria, and the deplorable violence orchestrated by the regime, and we welcome the continued efforts of the arab league and call on the international community to unite in condemnation of events in syria. our talks reaffirmed our country's close understanding of the threat posed by iran's nuclear program, particularly thank secretary clinton for her robust support over the recent attacks on our embassy and teheran and shared thinking on the expansion of sanctions against iran including european union consideration of measures against the iranian energy sector as part of the pressure on iran to return to negotiations over its nuclear ambitions. we discussed the middle east peace process and the need for a return to negotiations that cannot safely be delayed. i briefed secretary clinton on the preparations for the london conference on somalia in february. we need a stronger international approach to the crisis there, and to seize the opportunity now to address the root causes of terrorism, instability, and piracy spending a lot of time and attention on thi
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Dec 19, 2011 12:00pm EST
rebels player and the saudi's are behind them right from the beginning. but more importantly, syria, where they are now both on the same side, working with the opposition to overthrow the al-assad regime. though not for the same reasons i don't think. in the case of turkey, i think it's more a personal betrayal of pious side of prime minister aired a gun and the promises he made to aired a gun and didn't the field. the saudi's position is really to eliminate uranian influence in syria and assorted kittie vaden for what happened in iraq, where the american invasion created a shiite dominated government tilting towards iran, from which was a major loss in the saudi constellation and thinking about the arab world. so coming here they are in the same i fighting to overthrow the hussein government. and man, in september, turkey decides that it is going to host a nato early warning antimissile system aimed mostly against uranian. ms publicly puts turkey on the saudi arab sunni side of the saudi iranian conflict. i think that's a major turning point in the whole relationship because that i
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Dec 16, 2011 6:00am EST
absolutely committed to peaceful transition in syria. we are talking about mainly the syrian national council and other organizations. these are organizations that are absolutely determined to do their best to avoid civil war. that is the main event right now. it is those organizations and it is their relationships with the ongoing arab league initiative. this is the main game in town right now. >> so this went from peaceful calls for reform to a growing armed insurgency into what could eventually evolve into a civil war. the allies of assad are russia and china and they blocked you and security council condemnation of damascus. however the united states aligned with the european union, in sanctions imposed on the syrian government seemed to be having some what of an impact in oil revenue, in terms of foreign investment that has been halted, deterioration of the tourism economy of syria. >> i think we are talking about sanctions, first of all truth in advertising. my colleagues in the department of treasury are the real experts on this. we have identified over time basically seven cat
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2011 6:00am EST
going to happen in sir. syria. if we want to counter the iranians, that would be the biggest blow to the iranians strategically that i can think of. >> i just, i think it's a very important question that you've put forward, and i think that the answer is in constant motion. um, because the region is changing dramatically. and, therefore, iranian calculations change dramatically. i think there's no question that the most interesting feeler that the iranians put out was in 2003 when we had smashed iraq in a war that put us on their doorstep. and even that feeler when i talked to people in iran in 2003 who were involved in putting it forward, they said, frankly, that it didn't are the full approval of the supreme leader, khamenei. so now we are in a totally different situation which iran has to calculate where it stands. um, i agree very much with the point put forward by professor menashri that the iranian regime right now is very much interested in its own survival and the survival of the elite. and if this is seen as a vehicle to help insure that future survival at a time when iran h
CSPAN
Dec 19, 2011 8:30am EST
to syria, for example, where it's gone from a policy of close cooperation with the syrian government to a much more challenging stance. and here in washington the question of whether or not the turkish nod el is -- model is applicable to the arab states as some of them at least attempt political transitions has become much discussed. often discussed in rather superficial ways, i think, but fortunately, it's also possible to go into the subject in a much deeper and profound way. that's what's been done in this paper which you have before you from i said separation to aspiration. he is chairman of the center for economics and foreign policy studies in istanbul, and he's also a visiting scholar with carnegie based in brussels and also comes to washington regularly, so it's a pleasure to welcome him here today to talk about that. we also have two beginned commentators. -- distinguished commentators. vice president for carnegie. of course, deputy prime minister of jordan and foreign minister of jordan and also served as senior vice president at the world bank. on my left, thomas duvall, s
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Dec 13, 2011 9:00am EST
interests, scratch our heads over syria, and we lecture israel all the while, and i say during all of this, the center fusions continue to spin in iran. they are moving towards nuclear stay tut. i believe the mullas in teheran already made a decision for themselves that they want to be a nuclear power. they look at north korea and see they have a few crude devices, and they are essentially untouchable. they looked at libya, they gave up their program in exchange for international friendship and relationships. i think they concluded that they want the credibility, the leverage that a nuclear weapon gets them. the center fusions spin, and ultimately it goes from low enriched product to a high enriched product to make a weapon. they'll have enough material. the united states is going to have to be ready, i think, to con prompt the reality of what to do -- confront the reality of what to do, and in this case, you then have to say as the speaker mentioned, the question for us in the country is can we live with a nuclear iran. i think china decided they can live with it. i think the russians are
CSPAN
Dec 7, 2011 5:00pm EST
, for example to what has been going on in syria and their steadfast refusal to condemn the shocking and appalling and disgusting brutality of the syria and regime in cracking down on pro-democracy protesters there, i don't see a hopeful outlook for the likely response of the kremlin and if putin. i hope i'm wrong. i want to be wrong. this is an instance where we all want to be wrong but i think it remains to be seen and i know we will have more opportunity to discuss this further as the dialogue begins. thank you. >> thank you very much. and now david, please. >> when i got the news about the election results and particularly about the demonstrations in moscow over the corrupt electoral process, i was reminded of two incidents, one in real life and one in literature. one, the one from real life was of course the moment when nikolai chichester addressing a huge crowd was suddenly looted and the booing escalated. he was taken completely off back newsreels of that incident, which took place in the late '80s showed him completely discomforted by the fact that his previously passive subj
CSPAN
Dec 28, 2011 9:00am EST
financing from the governments of iran and syria and a global network of sleeper operatives who could be called to launch an attack at any time. just last year in july of 2010, we saw the first ied explode south of the u.s. border in mexico since the fall of 2008, at least 111 suspects hezbollah linked of drug traffickers and money launders have been arrested of an international operation coordinated by dea and i could go on and talk about the owner of the cafe in tijuana arrested in 2002, another individual who traveled all the way to dearborn, michigan, spent four and a half years in prison for conspiring to raise money for hezbollah. there's just a lot of cases there and so, mr. benson, i would ask how much of a priority should hezbollah be to american and counterterrorism policy? >> congressman, as we look at the tide of the drug trafficking and terrorism we do see that around the globe. for the dea it's a priority that we look at those organizations and we look at their connection across the globe. >> in your activities with dea -- and thank you for serving our region of south carol
CSPAN
Nov 30, 2011 11:00pm EST
are worried about what is going to happen in syria. if we want to counter the iranian studs put effort into putting a good outcome in syria. it would be the biggest blow to the iranians strategically that i can think of. >> i just -- i think it's a very important question that he put forward, and i think that the answer is in constant motion because the region is changing dramatically. therefore the iranian calculations changed dramatically. i think there's no question that the most interesting feeler that the iranians put out was in 2003. when we had smashed iraq in a war that put us on their doorstep. and even that feeler when i talk to people in iran in 2003 who were involved in putting it forward, they said frankly that they didn't have the full approval of the supreme leader, khomeini. so now we your in a totally different situation which iran has to calculate where it stands. i agree very much with the point put forward by the professor menashri that the iranian regime right now is very much interested in its own survival, in the survival of the elite. and if this is seen
CSPAN
Dec 20, 2011 11:00pm EST
supporter of syria, hamas, and he came to moscow to try to persuade russia and exchange seriously the russian positions on all issues of great importance to israel. he clearly made a proclamation they were negotiating with russia, and met us on great importance to israel that would be not the best time for him to criticize russian government and policies. during the last 20 years, we came to a very different conclusion. we came to a conclusion that after the end of the cold war, we can tell about everybody how they had come back through the affairs, and that we can do it without leverage of u.s. interest and u.s. ability to do things that are very important to us like russian support in iran, like our continuing supplies from russia to afghanistan. things that really affect american security and american lives. whether we should be able to have our cake and eat it too, it's difficult to make a prediction, but i do believe that there's instances when i made an interest in the american values in some conflict, and they also believe that doing what is in the u.s. national interest, that
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Dec 8, 2011 5:00pm EST
in libya has restricts us strategically in relation to iran and the mideast, generally? syria? >> i'm not sure i understand the logic of the question. i think, frankly, position, our diplomatic position with iran is what we do or don't do in libya is unlikely to significantly affect it. i don't think that -- i don't think that it affects our position in syria at all. syria is a very different situation. foreign secretaries make it. >> do you think the russian-chinese vetoes on various resolutions. possibly relation by iran. >> i have to say, i think it's a question for the foreign secretary. that has not -- that is not -- that had not occurred to me as logic for the russian-chinese president in syria. >> anyway, i'll leave that with you. >> surely you would accept that -- somebody who spoke and voted in favor of the action that are blatant targeting one side or the other. the russians are chinese are saying once again, we are not going to allow nato to leave because we were given that freedom by the u.n. i don't care what they said, we took it. >> i think we took the side of the libya
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Dec 10, 2011 9:00am EST
free issues versus for free success. sequel called syria of the status quo and sat with young people and had a discussion with them about economics and i was then a democratic socialist and i was supposed to argue with him and i would memorize something i've read in a book or something and i would repeat the argument that he would destroy it in six words and the camera would linger on my face when one of was over and try and discuss -- think of something to say. after the show went on for a week he took us out to dinner and he would take these dinners to teach us about his view of the world and why he thought the way he did and how to approach economic and i never became a libertarian or as free market as friedman was but he expanded my mind of what was economically right and just in that week. kissel i had feelings later in life, those people with additional they want contract to open your mind to the possibilities. >> first sunday of each month on booktv on c-span2 we sit down with a leading author and today our guest is david brooks. he has written a number of books includi
CSPAN
Dec 22, 2011 11:00pm EST
married shia. there was no sense of divide in that way at one of the things that worries me about syria is when people say oh we can't have it here. we are so different and no one ever expected to happen in baghdadi there. no one expected it to happen in beirut and no one expected it to happen in sarajevo. it can happen anywhere. this was the sector leadership in iraq who found a system of governance that said this many shia, this many sunni, this many kurds work to their advantage. i don't think there was a broadband support for the lebanon the station of the iraqi political system which is why i say that our use of sectarianism undercuts the push to democracy and brother played into the sort of created warlords out of sectarian leaders. >> okay, please. >> microphone. >> the uphold and i'm talking about, october 2003, less than one in five iraqi's sol religion as having any role to play in governance as i recall back then. today you would get some very different numbers. >> thank you. i am from the arab league. i'm not sure if i mentioned are not the number of percentages of iraqi's -- w
CSPAN
Dec 20, 2011 12:00pm EST
. you combine that with the connection tehran has with today mass us in -- damascus and syria and hamas and hezbollah and you have a very lethal combination of elements playing out here. as for me, i say the leadership in iran has already decided to go nuclear. i think they have looked at the world. they looked at north korea. they're a nuclear power. maybe a handful of crude devices, they're out of reach for most people they look at libya which had a program they gave up for international friendships and alliances look what happened there. i think in tehran they're saying we want the leverage and stature that being a nuclear power will bring. so then we have to ask ourselves a simple question. can you live with a nuclear iran? if the answer is yes, then you're going to have to live with i think the dramatic proliferation implications including saudi arabia going nuclear, turkey likely going nuclear. egypt, although we don't know what the leadership structure is going to look like anytime soon but chances are with the strong backbone of egyptian military they go nuclear. i say at
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Dec 12, 2011 12:00pm EST
has been doing in syria amid that country's upheaval. blocking qualified and talented americans from serving in posts in el salvador or any place in the world is not in america's best long-term interest. during a recent foreign relations committee markup, which you intended, relating to ambassador aponte's nomination, chairman kerry offered senator demint another opportunity to review all the materials that we have regarding ambassador aponte. i hope he took advantage of that offer. should he still oppose her nomination, i disagree with him, of course, but respect his rights in the senate. he can register his vote along with the other senators, but i certainly hope that this critical and important nomination will not be unfairly held up and discredited with another filibuster. mr. president, it's time for the senate to move beyond filibusters to work in an effort to try to solve our problems. mr. president, there was a recent survey of how many families in america have an immediate member of the family who is serving in the military. the number is one of the lowest in history. it tur
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Dec 7, 2011 9:00am EST
. and we continue that path. we continued that pattern, and i would argue in libya and here in syria. we establish diplomatic relationships with assigned, called him a reformer, and still have the embassy there. us last to the american public about what is at stake. what is at stake is evidently clear as we look at the situation developing in iran. iran is on the precipice of developing a nuclear weapon. it is a time when we need someone in the executive office, the oval office who has the courage of their convictions, who has the experience and who has the will to stand up and do what is right. to confront this radical theocracy that if they receive a nuclear weapon, if they develop one will fundamentally change not just the middle east, it will change the world. there is no greater purveyor of the world than iran. there is no greater threat to the existence of israel than iran. and we must stand up and say, not only that they shouldn't get a nuclear weapon. the president says that but it's another one of the picks in the ncaa bracket. it doesn't matter unless you have the power and
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Dec 27, 2011 11:00pm EST
north korea, about syria and nonproliferation issues and you suggested various points in the chapter that the bush and administration lost its way, hattie's and to leave your away from the bush doctrine that was so well established in the first term. and i wonder if you see president bush himself lost his nerve. .. had to do with north koreas nuclear aspirations and that tvs, building a nuclear care for the syrians and eastern area th that would allow them all f tonight to produce nuclear weapons and so forth. iide it was one there were i think m significant differences in safety administration.as in many of those were knownod, and, and i thought there were lsons to be , administration having trouble figuring how not to get the north koreans to go nuclear. the clinton administration faced similar problems. the obama administration will have similar problems as well, too. i thought it was important to put down the record, if you will, of how we dealt with that. now, in the final analysis, the president made the decision. he had to make choices. that's why he got the big bucks and live
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Dec 27, 2011 8:00pm EST
the book in the chapter not so subtly that you call setback about iran and north korea, about syria and nonproliferation issues and you suggested various points in the chapter that the bush and administration lost its way, hattie's and to leave your away from the bush doctrine that was so well established in the first term. and i wonder if you see president bush himself lost his nerve. .. that would allow them to produce nuclear weapons and so forth. it was one where there were significant differences inside the administration. i think many of those were known. but part of my interest was in putting down the history of that period, and he policy debates, and i thought there were lessons to be learned. we weren't the first administration having trouble figuring how not to get the north koreans to go nuclear. the clinton administration faced similar problems. the obama administration will have similar problems as well, too. i thought it was important to put down the record, if you will, of how we dealt with that. now, in the final analysis, the president made the decision. he had to m
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Dec 22, 2011 6:00am EST
support of syria, iran, hamas. came to moscow to try to persuade russia. so he made a compilation that as he was negotiating with russia about matters of great importance to israel, that would be not the best time for him to criticize russian government. during last 20 years, we came to a very different conclusion. we came to conclusions at the end of the cold war, we can tell about everybody, how they could talk about affairs and we can do it without limited impact on u.s. interests and on u.s. ability to do things which are very important to us, like russia's support of iran. like continuing supplies across russia to afghanistan. affects american security and american lives. where we should be able to have our cake and eat it too, it's difficult to make a prediction but they do believe the instances when american interests and american values and some conflict. and i also believe that doing what is in the u.s. nato interest, that saves american lives and protects american security, but it also reflects americans from values and we should remember about that. >> thank you, dimitr
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Dec 28, 2011 2:00am EST
setback about iran and north korea, about syria and nonproliferation issues and you suggested various points in the chapter that the bush and administration lost its way, hattie's and to leave your away from the bush doctrine that was so well established in the first term. and i wonder if you see president bush himself lost his nerve. .. that would allow them to produce nuclear weapons and so forth. it was one where there were significant differences inside the administration. i think many of those were known. but part of my interest was in putting down the history of that period, and he policy debates, and i thought there were lessons to be learned. we weren't the first administration having trouble figuring how not to get the north koreans to go nuclear. the clinton administration faced similar problems. the obama administration will have similar problems as well, too. i thought it was important to put down the record, if you will, of how we dealt with that. now, in the final analysis, the president made the decision. he had to make choices. that's why he got the big bucks and lived
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Dec 30, 2011 8:00pm EST
syria would inevitably trigger british and french attacks on the air fields. if that haven't come as he liked to say, that would be in the fire. he inquired of that as the chairman of the trade chiefs whether american naval units were yclept with atomic anti-submarine weapons. not long after the president had left to gettysburg and whitman recalled that the news from the middle east looked so bad that at one point the white house staff contemplated asking the president to turn around and come back to the white house. rumors were rampant with the soviet intervention. some of the bad news came directly from moscow. the american ambassador came that the soviet move had become more ominous and the soviet leaders were prepared to take military action unless the cease-fire was quickly achieved. the staff with the president's return by flying him back instead of having to drive to gettysburg. ike arrived at the white house at 12:38 p.m.. falling short briefing, he strolled into the cabinet room where 18 men were waiting. the vice president, the top leadership of both the state and defense d
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Dec 23, 2011 9:00am EST
syria, hamas, and she came to russia moscow on all the issues of great importance to israel. so she clearly made a calculation that as she was negotiating with russia about matters of great importance to israel, that would be not the best time for him to criticize russian government domestic policy. during last 20 years, we came from a very different conclusion. we came to a conclusion that after the end of the cold war we can tell about everybody, how they should conduct domestic affairs, and that we can do it without an impact on the u.s. interests and on the u.s. ability to do things which are very important to us, like russian support of iran, like continuing supplies across russia to afghanistan. things that really affect american security and american lives. whether we should be able to have our cake and eat it too, it's difficult to make a prediction but i do believe that there are instances when american interests and american values are in some conflict and i also believe that doing what is in the u.s. national interest is that it saves american lives and protects american
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Dec 21, 2011 12:00pm EST
in syria. lookup that is working for syria. >> guest: i think this is a good point because while there are many who say that she's going to be gotten in north korea, i mean, while you can make a direct comparison between what happened in the arab spring what happened in north korea, we did learn from the air springs of these sorts of regimes are quite brittle. you think succession is an easy thing to do just because dictators want to stay in power. it's just not that easy. >> host: from the new york times yesterday you said quote, while some observers hope that kim jong-il's death will unleash democratic regime change, china will work strongly against that possibility. you go on to write but given that beijing has the only eyes inside the north, washington and so could do little in response. can you elaborate? >> guest: one of the questions as we go forward is what will be china's role in trying to prop up the north. there's a pitcher right now in the region that has a greater stake in keeping the koreas divided in china. china has made it their core strategic calculation that a
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Dec 30, 2011 12:00pm EST
there looking at in syria. what makes that so different? well, one of my concerns is that leaders of our two-thirds arab libyan and one-third african. libya is a member of the arab league and the african union. and african as mercenaries. they said they don't have a place there. so several thousand people in jail, most of them are african women who came out of hardship from sudan and manager and said in egypt and algeria. well, somebody has to say something. those inconvenient truth that honor our tradition. the tradition of change. i want to thank all of you today for the state, and i am anxious for us to continue the idea of the institute because it belongs to us. pass on a vaccine. i've seen a lot across the years. how could i have ever applied, camping in new hampshire. why? a part of my stop by rhythm. i did go. i did see that the hampshire, you would know that unless you went. how was it to back where should i be in the i/o is a privilege to campaign. i was told. to many white people. i found the pain is what pain is. we spoke. people did respond to us there. but we did learn somet
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Dec 31, 2011 2:00am EST
somber. our people should be alert, eisenhower said. the presidents of the russian planes and syria would inevitably trigger british and french attacks on the air fields. if that haven't come as he liked to say, that would be in the fire. he inquired of that as the chairman of the trade chiefs whether american naval units were yclept with atomic anti-submarine weapons. not long after the president had left to gettysburg and whitman recalled that the news from the middle east looked so bad that at one point the white house staff contemplated asking the president to turn around and come back to the white house. rumors were rampant with the soviet intervention. some of the bad news came directly from moscow. the american ambassador came that the soviet move had become more ominous and the soviet leaders were prepared to take military action unless the cease-fire was quickly achieved. the staff with the president's return by flying him back instead of having to drive to gettysburg. ike arrived at the white house at 12:38 p.m.. falling short briefing, he strolled into the cabinet room wh
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Dec 20, 2011 9:00am EST
similar situation may emerge in syria which certainly will be a loss for the iranians if assad falls. i think their relationship with the regime is not just limited to assad. it's also in the security apparatus as well as the fact that even if it becomes a loss to iranians it doesn't automatically translate to a win for everyone else. it's most likely syria will turn into yet another one of the regions that will become a proxy for a major powers to fight each other rather than squarely falling into the capital deals. >> yes? >> henri, you mentioned the crisis that erupted between washington and over turkey's deal with iran on the nuclear issue, particularly the uranium enrichment deal they helped broker with brazil. it seems like when you look at the issue of turkey and the u.s., aside from the obama-erdogan chemistry, turkey stepping away from the iran issue. these being a very vocal advocate for iran. but you mentioned you see sort of things get harder for iran possibly then coming back to turkey. and i'm wondering, what are the conditions for that happening without it again drivin
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Dec 17, 2011 11:00pm EST
firm's newest partner are rising star of the litigation syria. they are perfect. do you have to do in meet back here at 3:00. leaving the tower they stood on the street and they had two hours. finally he said i am going called for i have to talk to stephanie. >> i will go back to the office. as he passed to the trading room beside his colleagues on the proprietary trading floor working the phone. yelling and joking and traders are diligent at their desk absorbing members. he stared at the unfamiliar landscape of their desk. he entered his office and his days so is the non the trading floor. he may antar and the morning and hang his coach on the door and take a conference call but now he just sat down and stared. are you okay? no. >> i know. is awful. what you doing? fam we're meeting with an attorney at 3:00. okay. sitting and staring at a pitcher at his kids on his desk and awards and honors he has received exhausted with anything trying to understand what had happened. $50 billion the never did not register. inconceivable. it would make the asset management business of the largest h
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Dec 9, 2011 5:00pm EST
have over 4,000 syria descendents killed over the last eight months. what would you do to support those who want to overthrow the brutal regime? >> good questions. on iran, the only rational long term policy is regime replacement and we need a covert capability. i would focus on their gasoline supply, 40e% of the gas they use has to be imported, only one very, very large refinery, focused how to sabotage that every day. [applause] you know -- [applause] follow the reagan playbook. i would fund every group in the country. find the maximum amount of communications disability for the groups in the country, do everything i could to unnerve the regime and keep it off bans, and you would break it and replace it, and all of these studies, you know, it's amazing to me how little people study history. you know, the iaea says we're this close or not, but we were wrong about the pakistani nuclear weapons and wrong in the late 1940s. they got it used before we thought they would. why would you think we can relax? we know they have a program. we know there's sincerity. therefore, assume they w
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Dec 12, 2011 5:00pm EST
particular syria. we've worked closely together to increase the pressure on the regime. we welcome the recent action by the arab league and i met with members of the opposition last week. we encourage other arab leaders to meet with them as well and continue our support for peaceful protests and reform inside syria and compared notes on the parliamentary elections in egypt. the egyptian people are justifiably proud to begin the process of choosing their new leaders. we urge the egyptian authorities to ensure that free and fair voting continues through the next election round and that there would be a steady transition toward a new civilian government. and at the same time we call upon the peaceful protesters and holding those accountable for previous incidents of violence. this is just a snapshot and for again foreign secretary, welcome back to washington. >> thank you very much. ladies and gentlemen is a great pleasure. our goal is to be here in washington with secretary clinton. the united states of america is closest and indispensable ally in the foreign policy, and as ever we've ha
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Dec 31, 2011 7:00am EST
people should be alert that russian planes in syria would inevitably trigger british and french attacks on those airfields'. if that happened as ike liked to say the fact would be in the fire. he inquired of the chairman of the joint chiefs whether american naval units were equipped with atomic anti-submarine weapons. not long after the president left for gettysburg, and whitman recalled the news of the middle east looked so bad, at one point of the white house was contemplating asking of the president to turn around and come back to the white house. rumors were rampant. soviet and intervention, some of the bad news came from moscow. the american ambassador cabled that the soviet mood had become more ominous. soviet leaders were prepared to take military action unless a cease-fire was quickly achieved. the staff hastened the president's return by flying him back from gettysburg. ike arrived at the white house at 12:38 p.m. following a short briefing, strode into the cabinet room where 18 men were waiting. the vice president and top leadership and defense departments including th
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Dec 22, 2011 9:00am EST
where something is happening in syria, journals are not allowed to get into syria. there's a military attack taking place in a small village and i can get on twitter and message to the 50,000 or people that follow and say can somebody give me a contact or eyewitnesses? and in seconds i will get people saying here's the number, his a contact them to somebody you can go. i will give that information, call that person and to the chosen part of it which is verified, report, and then use the very same technology to get that information to put it back out online and disseminated to the public. this has become a two-way street. at the same time i wasn't able to decimate the broader audience without the very same technolo technology. >> so you put out to tweet, what's the future of journalism. what was some of the things people said to you? >> i mean, the constant themes i got was not being told, media should not be beholden to the interests of the few that decide what gets to be the rundown, so to speak. it's all about your involvement in your engagement. people want to be able to u
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Dec 6, 2011 8:00pm EST
own. i think the textual case for the converse of 40 and syria is not really there. i'm not saying that i am sure this is unconstitutional, but this is a very, very serious question. >> i disagree. i don't know why it is so serious that the courts -- if the court can be moved to reform much, much larger, if the commerce can control in effect the kind of record that is made, can't it also in effect open the proceedings in the public in a different form? >> if it is doing that in a manner which impacts directly on the court's ability to control the proceedings, then there is a very serious question to read that part of the judicial power, senator. >> of the congress passes fell law that says in the course of these proceedings every justice has to be televised and officially close up, and the litigant or the lawyer for the litigant should be given permission to move around the courtroom and show whatever physical evidence was presented at the trial that would change the nature of the proceeding but simply to leave the proceeding as it is now but open to the larger viewership -- >> tha
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Dec 30, 2011 11:00pm EST
planes and syria would inevitably trigger british and french attacks on the air fields. if that haven't come as he liked to say, that would be in the fire. he inquired of that as the chairman of the trade chiefs whether american naval units were yclept with atomic anti-submarine weapons. not long after the president had left to gettysburg and whitman recalled that the news from the middle east looked so bad that at one point the white house staff contemplated asking the president to turn around and come back to the white house. rumors were rampant with the soviet intervention. some of the bad news came directly from moscow. the american ambassador came that the soviet move had become more ominous and the soviet leaders were prepared to take military action unless the cease-fire was quickly achieved. the staff with the president's return by flying him back instead of having to drive to gettysburg. ike arrived at the white house at 12:38 p.m.. falling short briefing, he strolled into the cabinet room where 18 men were waiting. the vice president, the top leadership of both the state and d
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Dec 1, 2011 12:00pm EST
program. syria was so serious about developing a nuclear weapon, probably with the help of north korea and iran, that in 2007 israel had to destroy a syrian nuclear site. terrorist groups and other rogue actors also seek the development or the acquisition of nuclear arms. and, ofand of course fourth we t yet forget about russia. your honor the provisions of the new start agreement, russia can expand its nuclear force rather than pursue reductions. russia tends to build a heavy new icbm be available by 2018. russia expects to build eight new nuclear submarines, and it also plans on designing and building a new nuclear bomber. we cannot afford to let our nuclear deterrent atrophy in light of so many nuclear threats. once we lose nuclear capabilities, it will be extremely hard to reconstitute them. we need a reliable and credible nuclear arsenal. we need it to dissuade new nations from acquiring nuclear weapons. we need it to deter nuclear powers from using their weapons, and we need it to hold enemy arsenals at risk. people may not always stop and think about the demands placed on
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Dec 1, 2011 2:00am EST
nuclear production, of human rights abuse, and depression of other peoples principally in syria that is no longer acceptable to the international community and so that this regime should operate without the benefit of funding from the international community. i think this amendment is one of the last, best hopes for peace to bring effective economic sanctions to bear so that a burden doesn't fall on our friends in saudi arabia or our allies in israel to do the far more tough military work that may be required to remove this common danger. many people say that you can't convince a country who is on a nuclear weapons course to reverse course and i say, well, you show your ignorance of history. because we saw the argentines give up a nuclear program, the brazilians. likely the south africans detonated a weapon and then decided to give up their program. in kazakhstan and ukraine nuclear weapons were given up, in libya nuclear weapons were given up and with effective pressure, my hope is that it can happen here. we know that. ahmadinejad is not proper rather, the regime does not enjoy the su
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